In Defense of Desire

The Theology of James Alison

It is said that there are two kinds of theologians: those whose subject is theology, and those whose subject is God. James Alison studies God. Best known as a “gay theologian,” for his extensive writings on homosexuality, Alison is a priest no longer attached to a diocese or religious order—in his own word, a “nonperson” canonically.

Born in Britain in 1959, Alison was raised as an Evangelical and became a Catholic at eighteen. He entered...

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About the Author

Christopher Ruddy is associate professor of systematic theology at the Catholic University of America.